"Russian Slang and Colloquialisms"
is a reference guide to the many informal expressions heard in Russia.
It features 200 alphabetically arranged Russian words and phrases
(each written in Cyrillic & Latin) with English equivalent(s),
explanation, and audio files.
About Guide Book content
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Slang and colloquialisms ARE NOT accepted as formal
or literary. Slang belongs to the most informal register
and characteristic of spoken language, often originating in the
cult language of a particular socio-cultural group. It contains
newly coined words or regular words with different nonstandard meanings.
Colloquialisms are accepted in ordinary speech and familiar
conversation, they gained great popularity and are recognized by
the majority of modern Russian population.
Slang and colloquialisms form a big part of Russian
active vocabulary. As a rule, these phrases are emotionally colored
and used to give force to one's speech. Although they are mainly
used in informal oral speech, they are also often found in the press,
frequently heard on popular radio and television programs. Nevertheless,
it can be risky for someone who is not a native speaker to use slang
and colloquialisms. Mainly because most of the expressions do have
a tendency to be vulgar or offensive.
The main purpose of the "Russian Slang and
Colloquialisms" guide book is to introduce more or less acceptable
samples of everyday slang and colloquialisms as a real part of modern
Russian language. The guide book is not aimed at instructing how
to use slang. Though we do not propagate or teach slang, our service
may be considered as an interesting material for enlivening the
process of learning, it can even provide a great stimulus for further
Russian language study.
The guide book now contains 200 alphabetically arranged Russian
words and phrases with English translation/explanation. The
listed expressions are widely used in informal oral speech of the
majority of Russian-speakers. That is why it is so important to
know such words, first of all in order to identify and understand
them in the flow of speech. The present online service gives the
opportunity not only to read some of the most popular informal expressions
and their English equivalents, but also to hear the way they sound
The content of the "Russian Slang and Colloquialisms"
is a free service, except sound. The audio support is available
only for the registered members.
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Each entry (word or phrase or expression) is presented
in five variants: Russian original written in Cyrillic, its transliteration
variant written in Latin letters, English equivalent(s) (if found),
explanation in English (if necessary), and audio
version (premium service).
The words in the guide book are given special signs
to show their word class (or "part of speech"). As a rule,
nouns are given in Nominative case, singular; nouns refer to one
of three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter; adjectives are
given in masculine gender, Nominative case, singular; verbs are
listed in the infinitive forms.
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||phrase based on a noun
||phrase based on an adjective
||vowels under stress
||phrase based on a verb
| Audio support (available only for members)
All Russian words and phrases of the guide book
are provided with the sound support in the RealAudio and MP3 formats.
To playback audio files, click one of two special buttons near the
entry you are interested in.
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|Russian word or phrase
||very good, very pleasant, fine
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||Let's live it up.
||Sledi za bazarom!
||Watch your tongue!
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